Plays

  • Hamlet

    “This above all: to thine own self be true.”
    By William Shakespeare
    June 23 to August 13 2017
    University Theatre (Indoors)
    Directed by Carolyn Howarth

    Shakespeare’s masterpiece, often considered the greatest play in the English language, returns for CSF’s 60th season. When Hamlet’s world is ripped apart by his father’s sudden death and his mother’s hasty remarriage, the young prince’s mind wrestles with his heart in a tormented quest to uncover the truth. Staged for the first time inside the intimate University Theatre, this is Hamlet as you’ve never seen it before.

  • Julius Caesar

    “The fault, dear Brutus, is not in our stars, but in ourselves, that we are underlings…”
    By William Shakespeare
    July 7 to August 12 2017
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
    Directed by Anthony Powell

    What makes a true leader? In the republic of ancient Rome, no one seems to know. As Rome’s leader basks in his victory and ignores a series of bad omens, jealous critics conspire to topple his regime—only to find later that their efforts were for naught. Lies, scheming and scandal meet in a spellbinding political thriller that seems all too familiar in today’s polarized times.

  • Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead

    “Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.”
    By Tom Stoppard
    July 21 to August 13 2017
    University Theatre (Indoors)
    Directed by Timothy Orr

    In this hilarious and mind-bending comedy by the Oscar-winning screenwriter of Shakespeare in Love, Hamlet is brilliantly retold through the eyes of two minor characters. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, two bewildered schoolmates sent to pull Prince Hamlet out of his descent into madness, grapple with fate, free will and the game of life. CSF’s production brings its full Hamlet cast on stage to inhabit Stoppard’s ingenious parallel universe of wit and wisdom.

  • Henry VI, Part 3

    “Fearless minds climb soonest unto crowns.”
    By William Shakespeare
    August 6 to August 8 2017
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
    Original Practices Performances

    Summer 2017’s hottest ticket is Henry VI, Part 3, the latest of CSF’s widely hailed “Original Practices” productions in the iconic Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre. With two performances of the final play in Shakespeare’s razor-sharp War of the Roses chronicle, which also inspired the hit series Game of Thrones, CSF is set to complete the Shakespeare canon for a second time. All previous “OP” shows sold out months in advance—don’t miss it!

  • The Taming of the Shrew

    “Sit by my side, and let the world slip: we shall ne'er be younger.”
    By William Shakespeare
    June 11 to August 13 2017
    Mary Rippon Outdoor Theatre
    Directed by Christopher Duval

    CSF kicks off its 60th season with a zany comedy set in swinging 1940s New York City. Enter Kate, a plucky pilot who’s just returned from the fray of World War II, and her stubborn match, Petruchio. On the vibrant streets of Little Italy, the two duke it out in a battle of wits, dance the night away and discover, against all odds, a mutual respect that’s almost like being in love.